50 Wishes for
Medicare’s Future

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Wish #7:
Consolidate and standardize Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D plans

Selecting an MA or Part D plan is a daunting task for most people with Medicare. There are simply too many plan choices and too many variables to compare. Alarmingly, only 13 percent of Medicare beneficiaries opt to reevaluate their coverage options year to year—despite annual changes to premiums, plan coverage rules, and cost-sharing. Congress should enact legislation to consolidate MA and Part D plan choices and standardize options in order to facilitate informed decision-making by Medicare plan enrollees.